Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.
A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles. We present music, dance, poetry readings, and film screenings at historic Union Station, raising its profile as a cultural destination while simultaneously creating incentives to “Go Metro”.
The recipient of numerous awards, Metro Art has been recognized for its varied approaches to integrating the arts into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.
To learn more about upcoming opportunities and events, join our mailing list by clicking on the Artist Opportunities tab above.
The Art Guide was updated in July 2011 and includes images of all of the artworks in the Metro transit system. It is a perfect complement for self-guided tours and features a system map, artist information and brief descriptions of the artworks.
Download the Art Guides below:
- Art Guide
- Art Guide (Orange Line – North Hollywood to Woodland Hills)
- Art Guide (Orange Line – Woodland Hills to Chatsworth)
- Art Guide (Gold Line – Downtown LA to East LA)
- Art Guide (Gold Line – Arcadia to Azusa)
- Art Guide (Expo Line – Downtown LA to Culver City)
- Art Guide (Expo Line – Culver City to Santa Monica)
A hard copy of the pocket-sized brochure is available by request. Please call 213.922.4ART or us, and include your name and mailing address in your message.
"Through the Eyes of Artists" Poster Series As of June 2016
Download the Poster Series Summary .
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Metro Art shares its mailing list, on a carefully selected basis, with other programs seeking to inform artists of public art opportunities.
Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system. Regular tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes. Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. Tours are free. Reservations are not required.
To find out about upcoming tours and other public programs produced by Metro Art, sign up for our email list by clicking on the Events or Artist Opportunities tabs above.
Docents will provide tour attendees with free TAP cards that are pre-loaded with day passes, with an exclusion to the Union Station tours.
See the art tours in action!
In this short video, docents and artists lead adventurous tour-goers through the Metro Rail system—some taking transit for the first time—visiting artworks at different stations and learning how to use TAP cards along the way.
En este corto video, guías hispanohablantes guían a los asistentes a través de Union Station, compartiendo sobre las obras de arte y la arquitectura histórica de la estación.
"Journeys: L.A. Communities Through the Eyes of Artists" Artist-led Tours
July 22, 2017:
Walter Askin (Pasadena), Sarajo Frieden (Venice), Sam Pace (Leimert Park),
Christine Nguyen (Long Beach)
August 19, 2017: Wakana Kimura (Inglewood), Shizu Saldamando (Little Tokyo)
September 23, 2017: Jane Gillespie Pryor (Whittier), Aaron Rivera (Lakewood), Edith Waddell (Glendale)
Begins at the Union Station East Side Portal Aquarium
In conjunction with the new photographic light box passageway exhibition "Journeys: L.A. Communities Through the Eyes of Artists," Metro Art has organized a series of artist-led tours at Union Station.
Union Station Tours
2017: 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10
10:30am - 12:30pm
Begins at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station
Led by trained Metro Art Docents, the tours will cover historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall and former Fred Harvey restaurant. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building.
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2017: 9/9, 11/11 -- ¡ en español!
10:30am - 12:30pm
Dirigido por guías calificados de Metro Art, los tours abarcan el arte, arquitectura y los espacios no abiertos al público del histórico Union Station, incluyendo la histórica sala de billetes y el antiguo restaurante Fred Harvey. Además, los tours exploraran obras situadas en el portal de Metro Gold Line, el este de Union Station y dentro del edificio central de Metro Gateway. Los tours son gratis. No se requieren reservaciones. Los tours se reúnen en la caseta de información dentro de la entrada de la calle Alameda del histórico Union Station.
Year Round Tours
FREE docent led tours focus on getting around town using transit, introducing riders to a variety of artworks in Red Line stations, and drawing attention to area destinations served by Metro.
2017: 7/1, 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2
10:00am - 12:00pm
Meet promptly at 10:00am at the street level entrance to the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station on Hollywood Blvd. near the corner with Highland Ave. If driving to Hollywood/Highland station, park at the Visitors' Center at the Hollywood/Highland shopping center complex to obtain partial parking validation. This tour is roundtrip.
2017: 7/2, 8/6, 9/3, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3
10:00am - 12:00pm
Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the information booth inside the entrance to historic Union Station at 800 Alameda St in Downtown Los Angeles. There is pay parking at Union Station, and metered street parking and pay lots in the immediate area. This tour is roundtrip.
Special Request Tours
Free art tours for groups of 15 or more are available by special arrangement. School tours are available for students in the 5th grade and above.
More information is available by calling 213.922.2738 or by clicking Art Tours .
The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all the stations.
Docents carry voice amplifiers and wear bright yellow safety vests for easy identification. Docents will provide tour attendees with free TAP cards that are pre-loaded with day passes.
There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex.
Go Metro and save at various places near the tours. For more details, visit destination discounts . Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to Downtown Los Angeles till 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro's Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).
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